Monday, August 2, 2010

Should Maine Adopt CCSS?

 MPBN: "New Learning Standards in the Works for Maine Students"

Proposed Rule Change for Adoption of Common Core Standards
To: Superintendents of Schools
From: Angela Faherty Ph.D, Acting Commissioner
Date: August 2, 2010
RE: Proposed Rule Change for Adoption of Common Core Standards

The Department of Education is proposing an amendment to Chapter 131: The Maine Federal, State and Local Accountability Standards, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education to include the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics for kindergarten to grade 12, with implementation to begin in 2012-13.

The proposed change is being made pursuant to PL 2009, Chapter 647, which revised state statute to permit Maine’s standards to include a core of standards in English language arts and mathematics for kindergarten to grade 12 established in common with other states and authorized the Commissioner of Education to adopt them, pending final approval by the Legislature.

Maine has a long history as a leader in rigorous standards and assessments and the adoption of the Common Core standards for English language arts and mathematics is the next logical step. The Maine Learning Results standards were first adopted in 1997 and later revised and re-adopted in 2007, each with significant statewide educator involvement and input. A similar process was used in the development of the Common Core standards. Maine educators and Maine Department of Education staff participated significantly in the development and review of the Common Core Standards. We have made clear that Maine would not adopt any standards that are less rigorous than the ones already in place. As a Department we are confident that the Common Core Standards will reflect what students need for success in post-secondary education and careers.

The proposed rule was filed today, August 2, 2010. The Secretary of State will post the rulemaking notice on August 11, 2010. The Department will hold a public hearing on August 30, 2010 in room 500 of the Cross State Office Building from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The public comment period will begin on August 11 and end on September 10, 2010.

The proposed amendments are available on line at: . Hard copies and additional information may be obtained by contacting Jaci Holmes at 207-624-6669 or .

Question:  Was there really significant educator input to the CCSS?  What do you think?  

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Mark said...

While pundits still argue and complain, we finally have a step forward in education. For decades (if not centuries)we have been in educational crisis, and while thousands of great people have worked hard to address the issue and progress has been made, on a more global scale we are all running around in a thousand (locally controlled and funded) directions. I love democracy, but when we are all working towards different targets (SAT to prove student achievement!???!),we lack the ability to develop a functional national plan. Professional associations all have national standards why not use the same effective tool to measure our work with students and eliminate the confusing world of apples and oranges that we live in. My advice is to adopt the standards as a baseline, and then develop assessments for it that we can all share. Is Mr. Gates dangerous? I think the answer is yes, but the additional reality is that we made him dangerous by allowing an educational infra-structure that is so desperate for funding and direction that there a people that will accept help from anywhere. Suck it up folks we have grabbed a tiger by the tail, the trick now is to steer it where we want it to go, or accept the direction it chooses.

Beth said...

There is a huge difference between adopting standards and actually creating the infrastructure necessary to translate them into action. Will the Maine DOE and State Board help districts to quickly align instructional supports, evaluation systems, textbooks and professional development?

A quote from the CA State Board of Ed Meeting:

"The success or failure of this venture will depend to a great extent on the substance and the adequacy of the implementation plan," said Greg Geeting, chairman of the state's Academic Standards Commission, during public comment at the Monday board meeting. "If you leave this meeting today thinking that you have done a great thing, you will be sadly mistaken if the implementation plan is skimpy or underfunded."